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New books out by Detroit bloggers, including one of our own

Among other things the talented Amy Elliot Bragg is a contributor to our sister and brother custom publications within the pulsating, ever-expanding Issue Media Group network. She is also the author of the recently-published book, Hidden History of Detroit. This Sweet Juniper piece steers you closer to it, and also brings to light another new Detroit tome, 313: Life in the Motor City by John Carlisle.

Read more and find out where you can purchase them here.

Detroit artists "Un-Dress, Re-Dress" clothing and fashion at Public Pool

Public Pool is in its second year of showcasing innovative visual and sound art on an international scale. Yes, that ambitious, that good. Not to mention becoming a transformative presence in its central Hamtramck neighborhood. It's nice to see people are noticing, including the discerning eyes and ears at Knight Arts. 

The current show, "Un-Dress Re-Dress," includes artists are Lisa Anne Auerbach, Olayami Dabls, Jessica Frelinghuysen, Anne Harrington Hughes, Sarah Lapinski, Mark Newport, Lauren Rassel, Cristin Richard and Sarah Wagner.

Richard, who created a dress made from hog intestines (you heard that right; it's an amazing piece that hangs from the ceiling to the middle of the floor) called "The American Dream," is hosting the remaining gallery hours Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, 1-6 p.m. 

Read all about it here.

Upstart Boat Magazine creates Detroit issue

It was a lazy month for London ad agency owners Davey and Erin Spens. The pair, fascinated by magazines and travel, took an unusual vacation -- renting an office in Sarajevo, bringing their two coworkers along to pen a magazine offering readers a true glimpse of the formerly war-torn city.

After some help from writer Dave Eggers, who introduced the first issue of Boat Magazine with one of his short stories, the pair are at it again. They came to Detroit to produce their second issue -- a $12 "antidote to lazy journalism," printed on beautiful matte paper, with an article from Jeffrey Eugenides and interviews with Ben Wallace, Alex Winston and Jessica Hernandez.

We found one excerpt, a photo essay on Detroit food, in The Guardian:

We headed down there on a Saturday morning to find a bustling area filled with vegetable stalls, and thousands of people from all over Detroit and the surrounding states shopping for produce for home or business. The must-haves are the ribs from Berts, but we were as taken by the market across the freeway, with its walls painted in murals of meat, fish and cheese, which are sold inside.

Buy it here

Detroit, an artistic paradise

This LA Times' trip to Detroit found an "artistic haven" of old structures, committed art dealers and vibrant examples of how community and culture intersect.

From the DIA, which the writer calls "America's most overlooked major museum," to the sculpture park outside the College for Creative Studies, and even a stop at Heidelberg, this travelogue details a city teeming with creativity. Russell St. Deli, Cafe D'Mongo's, Cass Cafe, and yes, Slows, were a few of the destinations the LA Times raved about.


When I asked his inspiration, Guyton responded with questions of his own: "What is art today?" "Does it have to be in a museum?" "How do you revitalize a neighborhood?" "How do you get people to come to Detroit despite what they've heard?"

One of Guyton's motifs is New York taxis, painted on plywood boards. "A lot of people think you have to go to New York to make it," he said. "I'm saying I can make it right here, and I will. Watch me. I'm just getting started."

Find out more here.

Record amount of diners swarm fall Detroit Restaurant Week

There's just no stopping Detroit Restaurant Week.

Event producers Paxahau reported that the 10-evening dining promotion lured 36,046 gourmands to 21 restaurants across the city of Detroit, an 18.4 percent increase over 2010. It's the second-largest tally ever for the $28 prix fixe dining bonanza, which has counted 150,000 customers since launching five years ago.

"We are pleased the enthusiasm Metro Detroiters have for Detroit Restaurant Week has continued to grow over the years," said Jason Huvaere, Director of Detroit Restaurant Week. "It has been a terrific way for our community to experience the tremendous fine dining restaurants Detroit has to offer. With each campaign we hope we’re developing a new crop of customers who will frequent the restaurants all year long."

Stay tuned for the announcement for a Spring 2012 Detroit Restaurant Week date and more here.

Saluting Luis Croquer of MOCAD

It's been a wonderful three years for Detroit's art scene, thanks to the work of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit -- and its curator, Luis Croquer, was the visionary at the helm.

Under Croquer's direction, MOCAD became more than a new museum helping define the city's emerging reputation for art around the world. It became a can't miss tourist destination, a center for the city's own creatives, and the home of can't-miss parties for kids of all ages. We'll miss him.


Well, I'm here for a while, but yes. I will be curious to see how things evolve. You know, when I came here, New Yorkers said, "What are you doing?" And now it's like, "Oh, you're in the coolest town in America." I've gone from being an idiot to being a visionary.

Read the farewell here.

Spot yourself: WDIV frames "The Next Big Thing"

There was so much to see at our Oct. 21 event, The Next Big Thing, that we didn't even see the photographers grabbing shots. Between the Detroit-themed expo, tasty food, music, Hatch-off and video, it was pretty hard to focus.

So we're loving this slideshow of the event, posted by WDIV. The David Whitney building is the star of the show, and these images really convey the excitement and Detroit love we felt that evening.

Click here to see if you made the cut.

Re:New Detroit to sponsor weekly Hamtramck ping-pong tourney

A pop-up ping-pong parlour invites paddle-wielding assassins to bring their best games to Hamtramck every Tuesday evening.

Each Tuesday at 8 p.m., SMASH! will invade Skipper's bar in Hamtramck (get there early to put your name up on the board for a match). Paddles, balls, sweatbands (natch), and plenty of food for veggies and carnivores alike are on the menu -- just bring your game face and a few dollars for the drink specials.

SMASH! is sponsored by Re:New Detroit, a sports therapy studio located at 155 W. Congress in the Murphy Telegraph building, suite #400. If you pick up a mean case of tennis elbow at SMASH, you'll be all covered.

Get the spin here.

Dine, Dash and Drive with MOVE Detroit and GM

While the dine-and-dash is the ultimate gastronomic faux pas, a new event from our friends at MOVE Detroit will bring some class to the act. MOVE Detroit, a group of city-dwellers working to bring more young professionals to the D this year through fun networking events designed to show suburbanites what fun we have living down here.

They have quite an evening planned, teaming with GM for the Dine & Dash Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m. Head to the Jefferson entrance of the RenCen for the chance to test-drive GM's newest vehicles (like the Volt, Cadillac CTS V Coupe and Camaro) on a short jaunt through the city. Attendees will then discover the newly-opened Joe Muer's Seafood Restaurant inside the RenCen for a networking tasting, featuring a Detroit trivia game with prizes provided by Somerset Collection's Detroit Shoppe.

Are you moving to Detroit? Of course, you are. Plan your move and more at movedetroit.org.

A Detroit Lions story; a commentary on urban land-use

In a widely-circulated article from Yahoo! Sports on the Detroit Lions' improbable start, Kid Rock and Ford Field's new reputation as a stadium to fear around the NFL, we found a few thoughts on urban land use and downtown space that fit pretty well in Model D.

Author Dan Wetzel contends that there's more for opposing teams to fear when visiting Detroit than the defensive line. Ford Field bucks the nationwide trend of cocooning stadiums -- that is, placing them far from city life and downtown chaos. The stadium's defiant location creates a crowd boiling over with enthusiasm before streaming through its doors -- and the crowd factor, no doubt, that contributed to the Bears' nine false starts against the Lions during Monday night's game. Wetzel's logic? Smart planning and cooperation between the Lions and city officials have re-defined the notion of the home field advantage in sports. And visiting teams should beware.


It brought a hot team and the first Monday night game in a decade. So the people were everywhere, drinking in parking garages and cooking on dirty sidewalks and even tapping kegs right by the police headquarters. They wouldn’t have it any other way. It produced a throng of fans who would later bring the soul of the city inside and rain it right down on the Bears.

Read more here.

LiveWorkDetroit hooks up college grads with big-city opportunities

LiveWorkDetroit! showcases Detroit as the place for Michigan's college graduates and young professionals to live and work. The group says Detroit is one of the hottest and hippest places in the country (thank you, we appreciate that) and LiveWorkDetroit! gives participants the opportunity to see it in person and to hear it directly from employers eager to hire the best and brightest.

LiveWorkDetroit will take place Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., in Midtown Detroit.

There is a $15 registration at www.michiganadvantage.org/LWD. Click here to check out the event flyer.

Honor + Folly bed and breakfast -- coming soon

Detroit's newest bed-and-breakfast will offer guests a dose of original style along with their pillow and key.

Meghan McEwen, founder of the amazingly cool DesignTripper blog, posted a few thoughts on her latest venture, Honor + Folly, which will bring the inn concept to Corktown's Michigan Ave.

Writes McEwen, "I’ve been so inspired by all the people and places I’ve been writing about for the past year, I’ve decided to join ‘em. I don’t have photos yet ... and you’ll have to bear with me while I paint, stock, source, sand furniture, adorn walls, make beds, knit pillows and hang a shingle."

While details are limited, McEwen tells us Honor + Folly will feature cooking classes and lotsa cool furnishings from local designers. It will open to guests in mid-November.

Click here to read McEwen's post, and keep tuning into Model D for more Honor + Folly.

Tyree Guyton: new children's book and a farewell show

Readers as young as six can now enjoy the brilliant spectacle of Tyree Guyton's work -- without leaving the house.

A new picture-book biography, "Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art," was released by author J.H Shapiro and illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton. The story details Guyton's transformative powers on his East Side neighborhood.

Bid farewell to Guyton, who is heading to Basel, Switzerland, for a one-year arts residency, on Friday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. Kresge Eminent Artist honoree Marcus Belgrave will perform his unique new composition, All That Jazz: The Heidelberg Suite, with Anthony Wilson and the Detroit All-Star Jazz Orchestra. The concert was made possible through a $50,000 gift from the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation. The fete takes place at the First Congregational Church at 33 E. Forest. Tickets are $25. The concert is in partnership with the Arts League of Michigan.


Guyton is headed to Basel, Switzerland in late October for a prestigious, one-year residency at the Laurenz House where he will reflect on 25 years of the Heidelberg Project through a series of manifestos. This work is a component of his 2009 honorary PhD from the College for Creative Studies. Guyton has also been invited to participate in the international 2012 Art Basel, called “the largest art show in the world.”

Purchase your tickets and find out more here.

Detroit hip-hop poised for another day in the sun

Local music writer William E. Ketchum III says hip-hop's elusive pendulum of influence is swinging back to Motown, offering five reasons rap enthusiasts across the nation need to tune in to Detroit's musical offerings (and no, Eminem isn't one of them).

Noteworthy artist Royce da 5'9" has a new album, Big Sean is cracking Billboard lists with his Finally Famous LP, which came out on Kanye West's G.O.O.D label; while indie rock and rap fans alike found much to like about Black Milk's collaborations with Jack White. Up-and-comers FowL and Danny Brown also made the list.


"It started out as an individual thing. Now, I think all of us realize it can't be an individual thing," says Royce Da 5'9". "We've all been self-contained over the years, but now we realize there's strength in numbers. It's good to be unified, as opposed to everyone on their own agenda."

Read more here.

Detroit's "Close and Play" DJ reflects on Post-Motown music scene

Carleton S. Gholz, a native Detroiter who earned a Ph.D in communications at the University of Pittsburgh and now teaches at Northeastern University in Boston, is writing a book on "Post-Motown" Detroit. Some of you might remember Dr. Gholz from our August speaker series on Detroit music.

While we wait for the book, here's a tease -- an illuminating interview in the Daily Swarm with Morris Mitchell, a Detroit DJ (way back in 1971) before mixing records was the norm. "Close and Play" meant just that -- playing a record all the way through, take the record off, and slip the next song on the turntable -- all the while, maintaining a flow to keep the audience on their feet. Mitchell belongs to the small group of historically gay DJs who brought the music from places like New York and Chicago and laid a foundation for dance culture in the D.


I’ve never been scared of anybody that was better than me; I think that made me popular. When I did cabarets, if I had somebody spin with me that they weren’t familiar with, and then they were really good, the crowd would really appreciate it. You follow what I’m saying? Because it was somebody new they had never seen get behind those turntables, they wore it out. They wore the crowd out.

Feel the beat here.

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